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20070405 Marcus Williams Press Conference Quotes(1)
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Release: 04/05/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><A name=OLE_LINK4></A><A name=OLE_LINK3></A><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">April 5, 2007</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Opening Statement<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">First off, I want to thank my family, the coaching staff, those closest to me and have been there for me to this point through the decision-making process.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s been tough.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Obviously, I&rsquo;m really close to the whole <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> program, the players and everyone involved with it.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I&rsquo;ve decided to move forward and put myself in the 2007 NBA Draft.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I think the coaching staff believes in me.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I think I&rsquo;m ready.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s going to give me a lot of opportunities to give back to my community.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It will put me, obviously, in a good financial pocket, but also I felt like it was time.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was a hard decision, but the coaching staff has been great.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I had a lot of support from them, Coach O (Olson), Coach Ros (Rosborough), Miles (Simon), Josh (Pastner), everyone and the players.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s kind of where I&rsquo;m at right now.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Associate Head Coach Jim Rosborough<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The thing that is tough in a situation like this is that you recruit young men and you get them into the program and you think they are going to be with you four years and you&rsquo;ll see a great change.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I think speaking for the staff and speaking for myself, I&rsquo;ve really enjoyed my time with Marcus.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Thoroughly, we wish him well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Clearly, we wish him well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Clearly, he&rsquo;s going to do well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s been an extremely hard worker and a very, very good young man in the program.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s in the gym all of the time working on his game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I think he&rsquo;s really had some great, great moments for us for two years.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">As I say, you get to know young men and you get involved with them, and to have that time cut short by a couple years is always difficult.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>When Mike (Bibby) left, Richard (<st1:place w:st="on">Jefferson</st1:place>), Michael Wright, all the guys, it&rsquo;s always difficult because you do get involved.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>You do get involved in a lot of different levels with kids other than just on the basketball floor.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I think in speaking for the staff, we wish Marcus well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He will do well because he&rsquo;s a smart young man.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s very, very hungry for this next step.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I think sometimes people fail to realize what the motivation is ? the deep, deep, deep motivation that goes into a situation like this.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I know that Marcus is very hungry for the success that he will have.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We wish him well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He will do well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s been a great tribute here to his mother and family, to our basketball program and the university.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Marcus, where do you think you will be taken in the draft?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Obviously, I couldn&rsquo;t tell you exactly where.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A lot of it depends on my workouts individually for teams.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m in the gym twice a day every day trying to make sure to the right situation and go as high as possible.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last year, you said that if you were going to, you would go.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Is that still true?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Yes, that&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;m going to do.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Are you going to drop out of school or stay through the semester?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">That&rsquo;s a question a lot of people want answered.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No, I&rsquo;m not going to drop out of school.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I&rsquo;ve been able to communicate with my teachers and they&rsquo;ve been able to work with me to do on-line things so I can finish out school and do training in whatever location I want to.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I probably will need to fly back to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City></st1:place> maybe twice to take a test or two tests.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Never at any point do I want to take a scholarship away from a kid that has nothing to do with myself or my situation.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Rosborough:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It is important to know that Marcus has done well in school.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As you know we are not at liberty to discuss that, but he has done well in school.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s paid attention to the details there and he done a good job for us for the two years.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We anticipate that he&rsquo;ll finish that up just like the other thing that he&rsquo;s done here and he&rsquo;s done them very well.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">When did you know that this was the decision that you wanted to make?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">To be honest, after the season was over I did a lot of thinking.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I sat down with family or talked to them over the phone at least as often as possible.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A lot of people may have thought throughout the year that it was on my mind, but not at all.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I came back with the intention of being focused on <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> basketball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I felt like it wouldn&rsquo;t be healthy for me to come in and have an NBA attitude throughout the whole season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>At the end of the year, I felt like I was ready and I would have enough time to get ready and I feel like if I can go to a good team that I can be effective at the NBA level.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">After the season ended, did you ever seriously consider staying?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Obviously, it crossed though my mind because of how it ended.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>You never want to end a career in the situation that we did.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Losing in the first round is something that was really painful for me.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Obviously, there is a lot of talent coming into the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> program <A href="http://www.arizonaathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1600&amp;ATCLID=682287">next year</A>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I&rsquo;ve got a chance to watch them, so I know they are going to be phenomenal.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Obviously, it crossed my mind, but when it came down to it, I felt like it was the right for me.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">What do you want to work on most between now and the draft?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Getting physically ready.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Being in shape and getting stronger.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Working on extending the range.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The NBA three point line is a little bit farther than the college line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>And finishing around the bucket with contact is something that is going to be crucial to me during workouts.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Are you going to workout in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:City>?<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Has that been decided yet?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I don&rsquo;t know yet.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That depends on the agent of choice.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I might try a few different things.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Have you picked an agent yet?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">No, I&rsquo;m still in the interview process right now.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">How challenging do you think it will be to finish the schoolwork?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">At some point, making the balance or trying to find the time...I don&rsquo;t want it weighted on my memory that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> had to tell a kid that you will have to go back through the recruiting process because of the APR.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There will be time.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I won&rsquo;t be working out 24 hours.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The teachers will work with me, send me class notes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I have the books.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s just keeping up to date with the syllabus and coming back for those two tests, and I should be fine.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">How much did your draft projections weigh into your decision?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I wanted to make sure I was going to be in the first round.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That was a big key for me.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As long as I continue to work hard, that&rsquo;s going to be a reality for me.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That was pretty key.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If I can go in with a team where I have a chance to play, that&rsquo;s going to be important.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I&rsquo;m blessed to be in this situation and I thank God every day for it.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Have you received those assurances?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I haven&rsquo;t talked to a team or anything.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The range is in the first round, so that&rsquo;s what I know.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">What will you take from the experience?<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>What did you enjoy?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I think college is great.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s a great experience, especially here at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with the staff and players.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s a real close-knit family.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Being able to carry a load of academics, weights, practice, and the rigorous schedule of being on the road, it&rsquo;s helped me mature and get ready for the 82-game (NBA) season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s a different level.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I can&rsquo;t really imagine going from high school where there is really none of that to 82 games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">It&rsquo;s been great.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I&rsquo;ve done a lot of maturing here.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>My game has grown by leaps and bounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If I would have asked myself when I was a senior in high school two years down the line would I be talking about going to the NBA, I probably wouldn&rsquo;t say that.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I count my blessings that it all worked out for the best.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Do you anticipate this being a fairly easy transition?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I don&rsquo;t think so.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Obviously, the players get a lot better.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As long as you work hard and come in with an open mind, like a sponge, and soak up what the coaching staff gives you, I think the transition will be easier.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But I don&rsquo;t think it will be easy.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Have you talked to other players who have done this, like Gilbert, Mike, etc?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I haven&rsquo;t talked to anybody from Arizona, but I know people who have made the leap early, like Jamal Crawford (played 1999-2000 at Michigan) and people like that, and people that have been though the experience, like Hassan (Adams) and (Washington&rsquo;s) Brandon Roy.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s hard work and the workouts are tough, so I&rsquo;m just trying to get in the best shape of my life to prepare for the rigors of the NBA.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Was this decision any tougher than last year?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I feel like it was just as tough.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There is always a little bit more I wanted to accomplish here.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I wish we could have gotten to the Final Four.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s always been a dream of mine and it&rsquo;s sad for me to leave without experiencing it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It wasn&rsquo;t just easy.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s not like right after the buzzer against Purdue I knew.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I had to do some thinking, but I felt like I was at a point as an individual I felt like I was ready.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">What were Coach Olson&rsquo;s final words of advice?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">He wished me the best.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s been great though this.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I went into the office and he said, ?I think you are ready. You need to work on continuous intensity, being more physical and aggressive will be huge.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>People have been saying good things.&rsquo;<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Obviously, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> checks up on all of the former guys, and he wishes me the best.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s been real good about it.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">What position do you see yourself playing next year?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I will play anywhere...most likely a three spot, maybe some two.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Hopefully, I&rsquo;ll advertise myself as a little point forward who can set up the offense.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Where ever I&rsquo;m put at I&rsquo;ll be happy as long as I&rsquo;m playing ball.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">You have to think you are one of 60 people that get to experience that every year out of the millions of young kids, so I don&rsquo;t think you can be too greedy in that situation at all.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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